Gua Sha


Gua sha is a healing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Sometimes called ‘coining, spooning or scraping’, Gua Sha (pronounced 'Gwah Sah') is a technique that involves palpation and cutaneous stimulation where the skin is pressured or scraped in strokes with a round-edged instrument.  This results in the appearance of small red petechiae called 'sha', that will fade in 2 to 3 days. 
Gua Sha releases fluids that contain metabolic waste and congest the surface tissues and muscles.  Gua Sha promotes circulation and normalizes metabolic processes.  It is a valuable treatment for both external and internal pain, and facilitates the resolution of both acute and chronic disorders.


Gua Sha is stimulating to the immune system, detoxifies, increases circulation, regulates organ function, normalizes metabolic processes, removes stagnation and eases pain.  Modern research has confirmed Gua Sha reduces pain and inflammation while stimulating an immune protective response that can persist for days following treatment.
Gua Sha treatment can result in immediate relief that patients feel from:

•    Pain
•    Stiffness
•    Fever and Chill
•    Cough and wheezing
•    Nausea and vomiting


Gua Sha is effective for acute and chronic internal organ disorders including liver inflammation from hepatitis.  Gua Sha may revitalize, rejuvenate, helps diminish stress, fatigue and severe exhaustion.  It may help to release emotions, relax the body and help to clear the mind and senses.


In most cases the patient feels an immediate shift in their condition, particularly in their pain, sense of constraint or range of motion (movement).  There is often sweating which is the body’s way of releasing toxins that have been inside the body. 

Gua Sha leaves marks but does not cause bruising.  Bruising represents traumatic bleeding and injury to the tissue.  The red marks seen after Gua Sha treatment represent the flight of red blood cells in the surface tissue.


Because these techniques open the skin’s pores to facilitate the release of heat, wind, or toxins, the areas we have worked on should be considered vulnerable to “invasion” by wind, cold, dampness, and other elements that can create stagnation and pain.  Therefore, please make sure to keep the areas worked on covered and away from coldness or wind for several days.  If you wish to receive Gua Sha on your neck please bring a scarf or something similar to cover your neck afterwards.



We use have high quality gua sha stones and facial rollers for in the clinic.  We also have these for sale on request individually or as gift sets.  Examples include those made from 100% natural Rose Quartz, Jade and other stones.  We do not use or sell lower quality 'stones' made from substances such as resin.  It is important to have the coolness of the real stones as part of the treatment.  This is partly because Gua Sha brings a lot of 'Yang' or warming energy to the surface of the body due to the increased blood flow.  The coolness of the stones helps balance this.